Monday, August 21, 2006

The First Steps

MondayAugust 20-8-2006:

Welcome to my Blog. from the Editor.

Well what a week end it was, with my puppies all now in full training and doing a lot of new things, along the way, my older Dogs are all doing very well, old Bob he is getting on a bit now he is nearly 12, but still likes to treat the younger ones with contempt.

He don't like them being faster than he around the paddocks, as he knows more about the work than they do but they know more about speed now than he does, which as an old guy myself I can relate to him how he feels about all these young bucks beating him about the farm.

But hey if they turn out half as good as old Bob, then we are in for some really great shows coming up later next year when these little fellows get a crack at those time trials, thats what you need to aim for if you want to do well.

So put all you can into your pups now while they are young and full of beans, keep them wormed, and keep them in very good health and you will have all the advantage on your competitors, later when you come to the trials.

You can not give them too much attention, while growing up as the more disciplined they are when they get to the shows, the better it will be for you and the easier it will be on you, because they won't make a fool out of you by making huge mistakes in front of the judges.

Being a good trainer, is half the battle with young pups, they soon get to understand you very quickly, they get to know your movements, and they begin to know what you are going to ask next and they arehalf away around the sheep before you even open your mouth.

Wow it works like magic when you have a dog who understands your language, and your body movements, its like they study you as much as you study them, and they are gone and the sheep are on their way to the first gate before you even get there its super quick.

So there you have it with my training of my dogs, and I don't go in for all this mumbo jumbo of all this and that of Training and we have had some very good Champions, and won a lot of ?Championships, I remember the Championship that old Bob won at his last year.

There were 2 points of a minute seperating 3 Dogs when it became Bobs turn, and it almost looked impossible for him to even get close to those 3 Dogs And when we got to the last gate Bob had the sheep in the pen when I arrived and I just had to shut the gate behind them and the crowd went made and began to sing, Good old Bob, Good old Bob, and he seperated those other 3 Dogs by 1 and 1/2 minutes He won, and another Bitch got second and the other two got third a dead heat.

A very proud moment in my life was that day two years ago, and now he is in retirment and he thoughouly deserves it as well.

ok thats all for me today, and we will be changing from tomorrow, and doing some thing else entirely different ok I will be doing some thing different I will be chatting about Gardening, and all the good things about gardens and good eating from them you will enjoy it as there will be some give aways as well.

Like good winter recipies, stews and some lovely sweets to make all written out for you to copy.ok see you then from Garry.

Friday, August 18, 2006

The First Steps

Thursday, August 17, 2006

August:18-8-2006.

Welcome to my blog this Friday afternoon.

The days of the small farm are no longer with us, when the farmer and his dog, having finished the early work with the stock in the yard would set off after breakfast for a few hours ploughing or sowing in the fields.
The dog would walk every furrow behind his master and the horse, ebven sharing his lunch, and occasionally departing to follow a thrilling scent; at the end of the day he helped to bring home the cows again for milking or shut the poultry up in the hen house.

This work was carried out not so much by any method of training as by following a definite routine each day until it became a way of life.
Before the days of the broiler houses and deep litter we fatten our poultry for Christmas or other festive occasions, and after the harvest we used to put these poultryout on the stubble for a free pickings of the corn.
Small hutslike old fashion bathing machines were pushed out into the fields for night time shelter and as protection from foxes.
We had a Border collie who was a very good protector as she would stay out near the hen house all night and keep foxes and cats away from the hens, we did never chain her up, she was so good all her life and we bred about 5 litters of puppies from her and kept one from each litter and they turned out equally as good aas she was.

Anyway its good to bring them up right just like you would your own child to do as its told, and I'm not one to be into a lot of training ideas we have a set of rules and we have never changed them all our lives and we have had some Champions, it the sheep ring, as well as in our homes.
Some people say this and that but it all comes down to the dog they either have it or they don't, and by that I mean ability.
Discipline is a big thing when training a dog to become a very good one or else forget it, and we have found some really good ones, Basic obedience or discipline exercises are the first steps in any form of training.

These are simple, such as "come" when called, stay in one spot for as long as is required, walk close to the handler, or in front, or behind, according to requirements; a few minutes with each exercise is all that is required at first and should be done on a lead, as one has more control over the dog this way.
If a dog is once allowed to get away with not obeying a command, it is so difficult to correct him unless he is on a lead.
When he is steady at the basic exercises on a lead, only then should he be encouraged to perform them off the lead, and when this point has been successfully reached then more advanced training can begin.

ok well that may be enough for this Friday, and we will be back tomorrow with more great tips and secrets of basic training for your Dogs. so bye for now from the Editor Garry.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Thursday: 17-8-2006.

Welcome again to my blog, today we are continueing with first steps of basic Training of your pup.
Any form of training takes time expecially the ground work, I call this the anchor of all trainimg why because its from here that you will know in a short while if you have not done it properly, you will see little things creeping into the behaviour, of your pup.

All trainer's have their own way of doing things and have their own giftings in the way they do things and bring the best out of their charges.
You will often get a pup who will do some amaizing things that you never taught it to do but because of the intelegence, of the parents and their breeding, that you will know that you have some thing very special, here to work with and it makes your job of training this pup so much easier, because he or she will work with you instead of working against you all the time.

When a Relationship between a brilliant animal, and its Master takes place its then time to go the extra mile with them and bring into force, some very special training that you want to put in place, and both you and the pup will enjoy each others company so much that working together becomes, a way of life for the pup and you and also you will become inseperatable, and will never want to be apart from each other.

The first prerequisite in any form of dog training is that the trainer should know more than the dog; this may sound ovious, but when one is dealing with collies, trainers often over look the fact that these dogs are so intelligentand so much a one -man dogs that they have made a pretty detailed study of you, your habits and your reactions long before you have observed theirs.

You are now the pack leader to whom your dog owes his or her allegiance. You must both be working on the same wavelength, capable of transmitting to him or her a clear and concise signal which which they can see from some point in obeying.

In my opinion young dogs should never be introduceed to stock unless they are on a lead, as once they get the wrong message into their heads , weeks of training are lost.
For general farm work the rest of the dogs training is usually a matter of following a daily routine.
On the whole collies are a fairly silent breed, but as puppies they are very exuberant and often rush about barking as they play.
This barking habit must be curbed with out spoiling the dog's natural gaiety, and also they become very adventurous, curious and destructive if left too much to their own devices.
These happy puppy hood qualities are admirable in many other breeds, and so don't be put off if your dog breed has not got some of these qualities, as its often born in to them, and it so often can also become a part of their natural life by playing with your children as any breed of dog if it is properly looked after and cared for will not turn on its own and become destructive.

A Dog only turns and bites when its been miss understood, by those who are not a part of their inviorment, like if a stranger young or old enters their domain, its classed to the dog as a preditor, and in a no go zone that belongs to that dogs Master, and they will protect that which is of their own area.
This is why when children get attacked, by a strange dog its because the child entered into that Dogs area which its been trained to watch over, and keep protected.
So please don't be quick to blame the dog before you check out the facts behind the attack, as little children will hit dogs as its a play thing to them, and the dog don't know wether to trust the child or not; and will rise up in terror, and go for what ever means it can to defeat that which is of a danger to the dog.

Now we have trained our dog to do what we command it to do, and we are doing things together and liking what we have learned from each other, we come to the more, or less of teaching our dogs hygien and keeping themselves clean and so much so that they can come inside the house, on a cold wintery night, and learning at a real young age is the best time to train your puppy, teach it to know when it needs to use the litter tray, and instead of weeing on the carpet it will learn to go out to the litter tray and do it.

They are very easy to teach, when young, and when i'm teaching my dogs at an early age, I always like to reward them when they do some thing right, by doing this when it comes to tieing your puppy up on his or her chai at night, you won't get them running away from you and you having to holler out come here you so and so, i'll belt you. never ever belt your puppy or grow dog with a strap or any thing that will leave marks on the skinif you ever do this you will never gain that dogs confidence again.
Once you break thier spirit you have lost the battle; you may as well give your puppy away as you will never have it for a true friend, it can never trust you again and neither can you trust it ever again.
I the dog need chastisment do it with a rolled up news paper, and give it one smack around its bottom not head or back or ears eyes, no its bottom from behind it.
And then reward it so as it quickly forgets its done wrong, and you will feel better so will your dog, just like chastiseing your children, you don't want to kill them for doing wrong you want to teach them .
Ok In fact they have to learn discipline, while still wagging their tails and winking at you as they often do.
People ask me, are young dogs better trained by working with an older dog, my answer to this is no, why because they don't always pick up the good habits but a lot of the bad ones, and it makes it that much harder to get them back on track again.

Ok well that will do for today I look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow, for some more good training. so bye from the Editor Garry.

The First Steps

Wednesday.
August: 16-8-2006.

Welcome to my blog:from the Editor.

The building-up of canine and human relationships is usually taken for granted and will appear to be an automatic process. if a litter is reared under normal conditions, but quite often litters have little or no contact with humans until they are five or six weeks old, and weaned.

This can be very detremental to the young pups when it comes time to start training them expecially if they have had no human contact.
They become very shy and timid, when handled, its an ideal thing for the pups to grow up around children who are very gentle and loving to young animals like puppies, and then when its time to start training them they do a lot better and are not as timid or shy.

I am quite sure that if many more handlers realized the importance of the part this first contact in the nest plays in eastablishing a real trust between man and dog, they would pay more attention to it.
Very often it is the wife who brings up the litters, so she will probably talk to the pups and fondle them from an early age.
This is where the getting to know each other comes from, a process will almost become automatic. Many farmers or flockmasters think its cissy to talk to or fondle young animals, but a true shepherd knows the full value of this contact.

The next step in training is to get the pup accustomed to its name and to come to you when called, and this also begins with an association of ideas.
Call 'Lass,' come then Lass come; or come Bob come, and put down her or his dinner, and you will of made a good start.
Never call a young pup to you unless you really mean it to come, and when it does always praise it; just a quite word or a pat is all that it requires and its sufficient.
All of this can be achieved before the pup, is even six months old, except that you will find very soon that every pup in the litter will think its name is either Lass or Bob, if they are still at the property.
I have proved many times that this conditioning and establishing of mutual trust really pays off in the long run and pays great dividends and makes training a lot easier, I have brought pups from farms where they were born out in an old round drum or an old disused chicken coop, with the bitch still on a chain never having had any solid food, existing only on the bitches milk.

The Farmer believed in the survival or the fittest and indeed this theory paid off in this respect; but it took me almost a year to gain the confidence of these pups and they never did get accustomed to strangers or strang places.
On another occasion I brought a pup from a farm in one of the remotest parts of Australia, again it was from a survival of the fittest brigade, but she and the bitch had always had complete freedom of the farm and all the farm hands talked to and played with them and this was a marked difference in the two lots of pups and by the time i picked her up at 8 weeks old she had already learned what it was like to have human contact.

And it made my job a lot easier when I came to start her training she picked it up so quickly, this is why i like Border Collie pups they are smart and very intellegent, now I'm not saying any Dog you choose is not going to be smart or even smarter than this breed.

But what I am saying is make sure you get a pup that has had human contact, when you want to buy one, also make sure that they are not timid and shy, if they are watch how the people handle them is they do when you are there, as it can most times play a big part in the training of your pup.
You see friends pups are like little children, if they are treated badly they will be timid as well, and not want to play with other children, I have learned a lot of things, through my animals and will continue to do so.
At the moment I have only one older bitch, Border Collie and one of her last litter pups who is now 18 months old and he is a champion, he was not hard to train, he was very obedient, at even 8 weeks old, he would go and get my slippers, and bring one at a time into the bedroom, and i'd say fetch the other one and he would run out with his tail it the air with its white spot on the end of it and get the other slipper.
And he goes to the mail box gets the paper and brings it in to me. so you can have a lot of fun training pups just be gentle with them and always reward them for their help and you will always have a good friend, and get on with them.ok well thats all for this blog tomorrow i will be back with some more training for you and your canine friends.

Bye from the Editor: Garry.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The First Steps

The First Steps: "Why do I sugest a Border Collie, well its because they are my favorite Working Dogs and they are so smart, and intellegent I have been breeding them for the last 5 years now, not for show or things like that but for many other things that I won't say here, but if you want to contact me, and ask personal Questions then I will share with you about them.

Ok First one must establish what type of work the dog will be required to do; After this a partnership must be created between you and the dog, that you have selected as being suitable for your purpose.
Third, remember that each excercise in any form of training is based on the natural behaviour pattern or bodily movement of the dog.
It is natural for the dog to move at all the paces we require him or her to moveand to learn also to sit and stand; so there is nothing unnatural or cruel in training a dog.
In fact, every dog --even a household pet-- needs some training. A trained dog is much easier to handle than an untrained one, and its a happier dog why because it knows its pleasing its Master, and then he or she learns right from wrong very quickly, but it does not come automaticlly to them, if you scold a dog for doing some "

The First Steps

August:14-08-2006:

Welcome to my Blog:

Here in this blog i'm going to be talking about Dog Training, but it is not my intention here to elaborate on methods for training your dog, as that would not be possible with in this short scope here.
But you can get a lot of info from this blog as I am an avide trainer of many breeds of dogs over my life time, there are some excellent books written be specialists on training Border Collies and other dogs, to which the reader may refer.
What I hope to do is to pass on some hints and open your eyes to the many and varied tasks that a collie can be trained to perform.

Why do I sugest a Border Collie, well its because they are my favorite Working Dogs and they are so smart, and intellegent I have been breeding them for the last 5 years now, not for show or things like that but for many other things that I won't say here, but if you want to contact me, and ask personal Questions then I will share with you about them.

Ok First one must establish what type of work the dog will be required to do; After this a partnership must be created between you and the dog, that you have selected as being suitable for your purpose.
Third, remember that each excercise in any form of training is based on the natural behaviour pattern or bodily movement of the dog.
It is natural for the dog to move at all the paces we require him or her to moveand to learn also to sit and stand; so there is nothing unnatural or cruel in training a dog.
In fact, every dog --even a household pet-- needs some training. A trained dog is much easier to handle than an untrained one, and its a happier dog why because it knows its pleasing its Master, and then he or she learns right from wrong very quickly, but it does not come automaticlly to them, if you scold a dog for doing some thing wrong in your opinion, they do not understand unless they have been taught that it is in fact wrong to do it.

Always be consistent in your training and always use the same words or commands for the same exercise.
Do not allow, or even encourage, your dog to dig a huge hole in the garden one day, and the next day you scold them for doing the same thing.
You will have a very confused dog Training is a very fasinating business, for with each category one enters a whole new world of experences and often one has to learn an entirely new language, to say nothing of having to understand local terms for certain situations, particularly in farming circles.
A bitch instinctively teaches her pups to fear man, so training begins in the nest, Most bitches with litters are apprehensive of strangers, even aggressive at times if they approach the nest; others are very trusting and will allow anyone to handle the pups.

In the first Intruduction between the human and the pup that makes or mars any future relationship.
From the time the pups can first see and hear, the more human contact they have the better; ths is where children can be of so much help.
All young things seem to have a certain sympathy and understanding for each other.

Pups reared in outside kennels on farms where they have little contact with humans are often shy and nervous at first.
Where as those reared in the house or nearby who have continual contact with the family usually learn a lot quicker to take various situations in their stride at an early age.

The first human sound the pups hear is usually the voice of the breeder when he or she comes to feed the bitch or let her out, this will give a sense of pleasure to the bitch which she will pass on to the pups who will feel reassured that this new experence is pleasant; at once the correct and lasting contact is established.
This carefully introduction has to be kept up continually until the puppies have learnt to take strange noises and voices for granted.
The bitch herself helps here as the sound of your footsteps approaching or just the latch on the gate being lifted causes her to wag her tail to come out of her kennel to greet you, This gives a sense of reassurance which the pups learn to associate with your appearence, and which is intensified by the sound of putting down the food bowl with the resulting pleasure.

After sound comes smell or scent, the greatest single factor governing the reactions of all dogs, but as yet very little understood by humans.
To the dog or puppies the scent that accompanies sound also inspires confidence; the pups will accept human handling with out fear once this has been established.

ok well we will look at building a better understanding of the canine and human Relationship next blog. bye from Garry.